THE waiting is over for hundreds of Huntingdonshire students who are picking up their A-level results this morning.

St Ivo School achieved a record high 79 per cent A* to C grades, with a 98 per cent pass rate overall.

An impressive 22 per cent of grades achieved were A* to A and 11 students gained at least three As.

Among the success stories was Rheanna Marshall, who having failed psychology the first time around retook a year and came out with an A* along with a B and a C.

Rheanna is planning to take a year out to do work experience as she hopes to pursue a career in the legal profession.

Richard Perry, St Ivo's head of sixth form, said: "The vast majority of our students have got grades that are higher than would have been expected after their GCSEs.

"So many of the students have received excellent grades and are going to some of the top universities in the country."

Students at St Peter's School turned in a pass rate of 98 per cent with 71 per cent achieving A* to C grades.

Among the school's top performers was Rebecca Harrold who gained two A* grades and two As and will be going to Leeds University to study medicine.

Sumneek Saini who achieved an A* two As and a C is going to Aston University to study business and psychology while Shannon Hufford, who gained three A grades, is going straight into the world of work as an admin assistant for local children's services.

Val Ford, headteacher, said: "We are very proud of all our students' hard work and commitment to ensuring their success.

"Sixty-one per cent of our students are now heading to university and we are delighted that the vast majority have secured places at their first choice universities, many the first in their family to do so."

Hinchingbrooke School equalled its best ever results with 78 per cent A* to C grades and a pass rate of 99.6 per cent.

Four students from the school will be heading off to Oxbridge universities next year.

Ruari Clark and Lucy Gaughan will both be reading history at Oxford and are joined by Alice Corby who is set to study law with Spanish. Jack Fielding is also Oxbridge bound and will be studying maths at Cambridge.

Another of the school's top achievers was Richard Adams, who received an A*, two As and a B and is looking forward to studying Geography at Nottingham next year.

John Norris, Hinchingbrooke's head of sixth form, said: "I am delighted by these results which reflect the hard work and determination of our students. They are a credit to our teaching staff.

"We wish them every success in their future careers."

Abbey College in Ramsey was celebrating its best ever set of high marks, with a record-breaking 28 per cent of grades being A*s or As.

The academy's overall pass rate was also up from 97 per cent last year to 100 per cent and 68 per cent of students achieved A*s to Cs.

Headteacher Wayne Birks said: "These are superb results and I would like to pass on my congratulations to year 13 students and my colleagues in securing these record-breaking scores.

"The improvement in the overall pass rate to an impressive 100% combined with yet another rise in the number of grades awarded at A and A* shows the effectiveness of teaching at Abbey College and the determination and commitment of our students."

In St Neots, Longsands Academy sixth-formers were celebrating, with 67 per cent achieving A* to C grades.

The best set of results belonged to David Ho, whose five A*s and an A secured him a place at Queens' College, Cambridge where he will study natural sciences.

Longsands headteacher Rick Carroll said: "These results are a testament to the hard work and partnership of parents, staff and students."

The Ernulf Academy saw the pass rate increased to 100 per cent and 54 per cent achieved A* to C grades.

Headteacher Scott Preston said: "A significant proportion of students have fulfilled or exceeded our expectations.

"These results continue to reflect the hard work put in by students and staff over the past two years."

High achievers included Laura Browning, with two As and a C, and Tim Sewell, who gained an A* and two Bs.

Mr Preston added: "Early indications are that nearly all students who want to go on to university will be able to access their first or second choice."

At Kimbolton School, 94.4 per cent of exam takers achieved A* to C grades.

Those with top marks included Matt Lewsley from Offord D'Arcy, 17, who landed three A*s and an A; Sarah Taine from Waresley received three A*s; and Allie Collins, from Kimbolton, Tom Corbishley, of Holywell, Michael Duncan, of Little Paxton, Rishi Ranjan, of Great Stukeley and Jess Tang, from Graveley, all achieved at least two A*s and one A.

Headmaster Jonathan Belbin said: "These fine results are testament to the teamwork and efforts of both pupils and staff. Our curriculum focuses on the so-called 'hard' subjects which open doors to top universities."

At Sawtry Community College, the number of students achieving A* to C was 66 per cent and a 98 per cent overall pass rate.

Deputy principal Nigel Smith said: "We congratulate everyone involved in achieving these results. They are very much in line with our predictions and we are confident that they will enable our students to progress to university or employment as planned. We wish the students every success in whatever they do next."

Top performers included Jorgia Corney, with one A* and three As. Brother and sister Tom and Sarah Scott achieved one A*, four As and two Bs between them. "These are outstanding performances and we are delighted for these students," added Mr Smith.